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Updated 29 May 2013

Birthday party ideas

Now you are officially part of the kids' party circuit. At this age birthday parties are more important to the parent – your baby doesn’t even know what the fuss is all about!

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Now you are officially part of the kids' party circuit. At this age birthday parties are more important to the parent – your baby doesn’t even know what the fuss is all about!

Don’t be too ambitious when you plan the party. Here are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure that it is a success:

  • Don’t invite too many people. It is far too daunting for a baby and he may end up clinging to you all the time.
  • Time it right – schedule the party for a time when your baby is well rested and fed.
  • Put away all breakable and fragile items – with other children around, there is no way that you will be able to supervise them all the time.
  • Get help. You also need time to interact with the guests and to make sure that the guest of honour has a good time. With so much going on, you will need someone who can run around serving guests and clearing away.
  • Serve wholesome snacks that are safe for young children – don’t risk a child choking on nuts or popcorn.
  • Don’t bother inviting a clown or magician – they may frighten your baby or his guests.
  • Keep it brief – parties are exhausting for a baby (and you!). An hour will do.
  • Provide a variety of toys and if you can, have more than one of each kind to avoid competition.
  • A ball pond can be hired. It is always a hit with babies this age.
  • Put drop sheets out – parties are messy affairs!

 - (Pic of baby birthday boy from Shutterstock)

 
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